Tasting Notes for WineWright

(310 notes on 235 wines)

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Red
11/12/2021 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic. Drink or hold, this has plenty of horsepower left.
Red
4/28/2021 - WineWright Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking nicely. Plenty of time left.
Red
11/13/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
97 points
This was so smooth and pure. Stellar, with room to run. Posted a new photo.
Red
7/14/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank Too early. Needs more time for tannic structure to soften, but very promising. Hold until 2022 and try again.
Red
2003 Vérité La Joie Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/8/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking beautifully-smooth and lush. Better than the last bottle of this I had almost a year ago. Posted new photo.
Red
7/1/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
Starts off strong if not a bit tannic, but three hours in and it’s approaching being monumental. Long and Lingering finish. This has many years ahead to evolve still.
Red
7/1/2020 - WineWright wrote:
My last bottle of this vintage and it has clearly faded, so I recommend drinking soon.
Red
6/29/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
This was absolutely singing tonight. The power and vibrancy of the fruit stood out the most to me. I think this has years to run yet.
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Red
2009 Abreu Madrona Ranch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful aromas of cedar and blackberry with a hint of lavender. Dark fruits follow with a touch of smoke. Long finish. Fantastic. Posted photo.
Red
4/24/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
Such a beautiful experience that will only continue to develop. 1:20 min finish on the timer!
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Red
4/14/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
I loved this wine. It was stingy on its aromatics (cedar, spice box) but substantial on its flavors of dark cherries and currants with vanillin and licorice...and so smooth with just a slight grip at the start of a long finish. Posted photo. (Note to self: Drink next bottle in 2022)
Red
3/20/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
96 points
Wow, what beautiful juice! Compelling nose, rich and bold flavors, and a huge finish. Posted photo.
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Red
3/11/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful experience. Really opens up with 2 hours of air. Strong finish. I think it has several good years ahead. Uploaded new photo.
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Red
3/9/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
96 points
This has evolved powerfully since my previous bottles of the 2005. The nose opened like a tar-laden fist in the face Syrah, but softened smoothly by the second hour til the end. Throughout, the palate was punctuated by rich and velvety dark fruit and a huge finish. Ka-Pow!
Red
3/9/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
97 points
Incredible nose of cedar and forest oak. Flavors brimming with power yet finesse. Posted photo.
Red
2012 Relic Wines The Prior Napa Valley Cabernet Franc (view label images)
3/4/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
Powerful and delicious with several years to run.
Red
2010 Skipstone Oliver's Blend Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
96 points
Fantastic!
Red
2/21/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
97 points
My third bottle of this vintage over the past 5 years and this is the best yet. Incredibly youthful acidity with power and complete finesse. Just fabulous.
Red
2/5/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
Took a while for the funky aromas to calm down (think Major Peter’s Bloody Mary mix with loads of celery and Worcestershire) but mighty fine for a 26 year old. Posted photo. Drink up!
Red
1/3/2020 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
This was fabulous. Nose of blueberry. Soft but beautiful fruit with surprisingly mellowed oak. So smooth. Loved this 20 year old!
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Red
12/24/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
93 points
From a magnum on Christmas Eve. Smooth and silky now, but has miles to go. Merry Christmas!
Red
12/24/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
93 points
From a magnum on Christmas Eve. This has miles to go but smooth and silky now. Merry Christmas!
Red
12/24/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
From a magnum on Christmas Eve. Spectacular wine at 12, with years ahead. Even better after about 2 hours of air. Merry Christmas!
Red
12/21/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
93 points
Solid and sturdy Stag’s Leap cab. Wonderful smoky and coffee nose.
Red
12/21/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
From a magnum. Very nice. Supple fruit and oak. Tannins suggest it still has some good years ahead, but glad I opened tonight for some pre-Christmas cheer.
Red
12/20/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
At 27 this was a beautiful experience in every way, with a nose of rich cedar followed by bold but supple fruit and a strong finish. Just excellent.
Red
11/23/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
In all respects this is a beautiful wine at 20. Should have years of enjoyment ahead!
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Red
11/4/2019 - WineWright wrote:
Not sure if these two were off, but we found them too pungent to drink.
Red
11/1/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
The oak, fruit, and aromas have mellowed beautifully. They’re all there and the wine is still singing, but It’s twilight for this vintage, in my view. I don’t see how it could improve much so I would drink over the next 1-3 years.
Red
2012 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2019 - WineWright Does not like this wine:
82 points
Opened two bottles. Nice nose of coffee grounds but both were overly pungent, almost sour.
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Red
2000 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2019 - WineWright Likes this wine:
96 points
Subtle nose with delicious fruit and a powerful finish. Just a beautifully made and aged wine. Posted new photo.
Red
3/7/2019 - WineWright wrote:
Nose and flavors were surprisingly muted. Maybe this is in shutdown mode?
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Red
12/20/2018 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
Slate and stone initially on the nose with soft floral tones along with cedar and oak. I loved the acidity and dark fruits, and the finish was stout for this 25 year old. It had a velvety viscosity that led to an elegant yet powerful, mouth-coating experience. What a treat at Christmas! (Posted picture)
Red
8/23/2018 - WineWright Likes this wine:
94 points
Coincidentally I opened my first bottle of this wine almost 3 years ago today. Reviewing that brief tasting note after my first glass tonight, I am pleased to share that the wine has developed beautifully. The nose shows rich dark fruit, graphite, and a subtle oak with a slight tinge of alcohol. Dark fruit flavors follow with a nice acidity then a bold, back palate impact and finish. Tannins are present but softer. This has years ahead of it. I will try to manage my remaining 2 bottles accordingly. Posted new photo.
Red
2012 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/18/2018 - WineWright Does not like this wine:
80 points
Found this a muddled, fruitless mess. Opened second bottle thinking the first was flawed, but it was the same.
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Red
8/31/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
96 points
Fabulous aromas, with layers of flavor and power. Brilliant!
Red
6/30/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
92 points
This has greatly improved since I uncorked one in 2016.
White
Gift to Dillmons. Smith Lake weekend.
Red
4/18/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
91 points
Pleasantly surprised by the stuffing on this. Flavors, alcohol and tannins not integrated but with time this should improve.
Red
3/10/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark garnet with beautiful bricking this is ready for a nice pairing, having an overall softness and elegance with subtle spice aromas and flavors. Uploaded image, bottle #77/120.
Red
3/5/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
93 points
So far one of the best 2011 wines I have had; at least without a noticeable bell pepper/vegetal/herbaceous dimension.
Red
3/4/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
92 points
Big and bold, which helped carry the bell pepper. A win for 2011 in my view.
Red
2/19/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
What a special treat this was after a rather long wine hiatus. No formal notes, but the 04 Backus is silky smooth and rife with gorgeous and compelling aromas and flavors. I would say this wine has many years ahead but is in prime form now.
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Red
2/11/2017 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
WOTN, so I hear.
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Red
2009 Abreu Madrona Ranch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2016 - WineWright Likes this wine:
97 points
Absolutely fabulous. Sorry I'm not more specific, but this wine was gorgeous, Yowsah!!
Red
11/2/2016 - WineWright Likes this wine:
92 points
Big bold and full of potential. Needs time to develop and integrate. Great wine for the price.
Red
10/21/2016 - WineWright Likes this wine:
90 points
will improve with age
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
10/21/2016 - WineWright Likes this wine:
95 points
brilliant!
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2016 - WineWright Likes this wine:
96 points
Gorgeously aged and rounded with silkiness and purity.
2 people found this helpful Comment
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